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Overview

Students with an interest in Planning Foundations will be asked to complete a core set of courses, which will provide them with a thorough introduction to planning, a solid understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods most commonly utilized in the field of planning, valuable project management techniques, and social planning tools that will prove especially valuable in the diverse planning context of the Greater Toronto Area.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

A Recognition of Achievement in Planning Foundations will equip our graduates to pursue careers in public, private or non-profit sectors, including, but not limited to, opportunities in any of the following areas:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Policy
  • Research and Development
  • Data/Statistical Analysis
    • Growth Management and Forecasting
  • Economic Development
  • Public Health
  • Food Security
  • Education
  • Law
  • Social Justice
  • Land Development
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate/In-House Services

Entry Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or University/College Preparation.

Mature students with work experience will be considered on that basis


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Curriculum

SPD100
Introduction to Planning Theory Practice and Law
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This course provides students with a thorough introduction to planning with a particular emphasis on theoretical and practical competencies used by planners and planning technologists on a daily basis. Policy frameworks such as the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement are examined. Emerging issues and the role of ethics and values will also be explored.




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SPD103
Research Data Collection and Analysis
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This course provides students with an understanding of those qualitative and quantitative research methods most commonly utilized in the field of planning. Social research methods such as interviews, observational research, and statistical analysis will be considered. Students also explore the key components of quantitative analysis, including collecting and presenting data, analyzing relationships between variables, and the testing of hypotheses.




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SPD105
Project Management for Planners and Technologists
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This course educates students on all facets of small- and large-scale planning projects, including scope, schedule, budget, timelines, communication tools, and project implementation. Students have the opportunity to gain applied experience in completing different projects of varying levels of complexity.




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SPD107
Planning for Diverse Populations
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This course focuses on those factors contributing to a broad range of disparities and challenges around planning and policy-making for diverse populations. Students are introduced to the theories and analytic tools necessary to respond to collective action and address issues around social equity and justice.




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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate and analyze the roles and responsibilities of planning professionals.
  • Support sustainable planning and development by applying planning theory and methodology, while adhering to jurisdictional planning legislation.
  • Apply working knowledge of applications and techniques to solve practical planning problems.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative research methods in solving contemporary planning issues.
  • Apply proper techniques pertaining to the collection and presentation of planning data and the testing of hypotheses.
  • Manage projects and deliverables, taking into account scope, team composition and desired outcomes, and using project management principles, tools and techniques.
  • Apply organizational and project management techniques to projects of varying levels of complexity.
  • Evaluate the current and future needs of unique and diverse populations.

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Sejal Ahir
Program Assistant
Sejal.Ahir@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.77290


Christina Sgro
Part-time Program Coordinator
Christina.Sgro@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22456


Robin Richardson
Program Coordinator
Robin.Richardson@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.77273


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.